Pathways Through Proverbs
January 31, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 31
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- The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.
- What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?
- Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.
- It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:
- Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.
- Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.
- Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
- Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
- Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
- Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
- The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
- She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
- She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
- She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
- She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
- She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
- She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
- She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
- She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
- She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
- She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
- She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
- Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
- She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
- Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
- She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
- She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
- Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
- Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
- Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
- Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
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The identity of King Lemuel has been debated over the years by many Bible teachers. The ancient Rabbis believed this to be another name for Solomon, while other believe him to be the sovereign of a country bordering Israel. The name itself means "Belonging to God", which is why some believe that Solomon called himself by this name. Regardless of who Lemuel was, it is important to note that he received instruction from his mother.
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Both parents are important in the instruction of a young person. Sometimes, particularly when dealing with boys, we tend to emphasize the role of the father in training the child. This emphasis is necessary, particularly in our generation of absentee and apathetic dads. However, we must not underestimate the important place that a mother holds in the training of her son. Normally Mom, because of her position in the home, spends more time on a daily basis with her son than Dad does. She therefore does more teaching of him, both through what she says and the life that she lives. She can not afford to "wait until your father gets home" if she expects her son to live for God.
Paul spoke to Timothy of the great faith the Timothy's mother and grandmother possessed (II Tim 1:5). All that is known of Timothy's dad is that he was a Greek (Acts 16:1), and the implication of silence is that he was probably an unbeliever. Thus, Timothy's spiritual upbringing fell to Lois and Eunice by default, and they did an excellent job with it. Perhaps had it not been for these godly women, Timothy would never have been used of God to the extent that he was.
If you have a godly mother, take time today to thank her for her influence. If you are a mother still raising your own children, remember the tremendous responsibility that the Lord has given you to train them for Him.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery